Giving of and to the great outdoors for the holiday

While wrapping up their holiday shopping this year, Nevadans may want to consider the gift that gives two ways. It gives of the outdoors and to the outdoors at the same time. This gift gives to the outdoors by providing funding necessary for Nevada's wildlife and fisheries management programs. And it gives of the outdoors by providing the opportunity for recipients to go fishing or hunting in the Silver State. The gift is an annual fishing or hunting license.

"These are even good gifts for people who care about Nevada's wildlife but who choose not to fish or hunt. This is the means for them to make an investment in the future of our wildlife resources. Of course, for those who do fish and hunt, the license is a terrific gift idea," said Martin Olson, hunter education coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The person whose name will appear on the license has to complete the actual purchase, so one way to give a fishing, hunting or combination hunting-fishing license is to provide the recipient with a gift card to their favorite sporting goods store. Another option is to simply give them the financial means to do so. Perhaps with a homemade gift certificate or a check or cash tucked inside a card or stocking.

"The only limitation of delivery options is the creativity of the individual giving the gift," Olson said.

Information on licenses, stamps and associated fees can be found online at www.ndow.org or by calling one of the NDOW offices in Elko, Henderson, Las Vegas or Reno.